Coalition For

Next Generation Life Science

We represent an agreement on behalf of nine research universities
and a research institution to address calls for increased transparency in the life sciences

Johns Hopkins University University of California San Francisco
Johns Hopkins University University of California San Francisco Cornell University Duke University Fred Hutch UMBC Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Michigan University of Pennsylvania University of Wisconsin

About the Coalition

Over the past two decades, countless reports have called on universities and research institutions to collect and make easily available information on training outcomes for their life science students and postdoctoral researchers. These calls emerge from a widespread concern that trainees do not have information on the full range of research careers in and out of academia, that institutions are not providing trainees with the training or skills for this diversity of careers, and that this is leading to hyper-competition for tenure-track positions and prolonged periods in postdoctoral research without opportunity for advancement that is harmful to the incoming generation of scientists, and the science they will produce.

Coalition members commit to collecting and publishing data using common standards on:

  • arrowAdmissions and matriculation data of PhD students.
  • arrowMedian time-to-degree and completion data for PhD programs.
  • arrowDemographics of PhD students and postdoctoral scholars by gender, underrepresented minority status, and citizenship status.
  • arrowMedian time in postdoctoral status at the institution.
  • arrowCareer outcomes for PhD and postdoctoral alumni, classified by job sector and career type.

In Addition

The Coalition agrees to work broadly to provide meaningful career exploration and placement support for a broad array of potential career paths, improve mentorship at both the doctoral and postdoctoral stages, and increase and improve recruitment and retention aimed at diversifying the life sciences workforce.

The first milestone for the publication of data is on February 1, 2018, at which time Coalition institutions will publish the first two categories of data. We will provide regular updates on the progress of the Coalition on this site.

You can find the December 15, 2017 article in Science announcing the Coalition here.

The Coalition is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and an anonymous donor.